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  1. Default Help! Plan First X-country road trip! NC-San Diego, CA

    Hi Everyone,
    I am trying to plan a road trip from Chapel Hill, NC to San Diego, CA in the beginning of June this year.
    Total length is 7 days.
    I will be taking the I-40 and I-10 route. (Total of 2500 miles!)
    There are few sight I would love to see:
    • Pantheon, Nashville, TN
    • OKC
    • Jack Rabbit
    • Albuquerque
    • Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park
    • The Meteor Crater
    • Grand Canyon
    • Phoenix

    Please help!!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    Welcome to RTA, and to San Diego. Are you moving here to San Diego?

    Via the route you want to go, it's 2700 miles rather than 2500 (which would not take you through Nashville, OKC, ABQ, or Grand Canyon). At 550 miles per day, which is about 10 hours of driving, that's 5 days of driving before adding any stops.

    Some of the things you want to see wouldn't take all that long -- Pantheon and the OKC Memorial, maybe an hour off the road. Nice stretch of the legs. What did you want to see in ABQ? PFNP takes 2 or 3 hours to drive through, more if you want to stop a lot. Meteor Crater is another drive, look, and drive off (for most people). Grand Canyon, however, is another story. That's a full day right there.

    GCNP to San Diego, through Phoenix, is a full 11 hour drive, more if you do the scenic drive through Sedona, stop at Montezuma Castle, or similar. If you just want to "drive on through", the best way would be to take the 40 back to the 17 south. Pick up the 101 Loop west (southwest) and stay on it to I-10 West. Take the I-10 west for a short few miles. Pick up AZ-85 south to Gila Bend, then follow the signs through Gila Bend to I-8 west. If you need fuel, get it in Phoenix or in Gila Bend, as there isn't much between Gila Bend and Yuma. Take I-8 through to San Diego. This is the route to help you avoid the Phoenix traffic.


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